Washington State is one of 8 states that have voted to legalize cannabis (plus Washington D.C.), but Washington State is the only one that does not allow home cultivation. Hopefully that is fixed soon. Washington State is looking at adding a home grow provision to its cannabis law, and is taking public comment through October 11th. The three options that are being presented are far from optimal. My buddy Miggy who is a passionate activist in Washington State says to choose option four – take it to the legislature. Below is more information about the public comment period, via an e-mail that I received yesterday:
Regulators overseeing the state’s adult-use cannabis industry are considering change in the law that would allow adults to cultivate cannabis at home. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is conducting a hearing tomorrow and is accepting written testimony through Wednesday, October 11.
We strongly encourage those who support home cultivation to submit comments. Comments can be submitted to email@example.com.
All seven of the other adult-use states allow at least some adults to grow their own cannabis at home, and every state allows adults to brew their own beer.
Tomorrow’s hearing will be held in Olympia. Unfortunately, space is limited, and regulators are encouraging supporters to watch the proceeding online. A link to the live video feed will be posted on the state’s website. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at the WSLCB offices, located at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia.
The law directs the board to study home cultivation in light of federal policy and consider options. One option would be for the state to oversee home cultivation activities directly. Another option would provide more local control. A third option would simply leave the law as is and continue to prohibit non-medical home cultivation.
Please consider providing comments, particularly if you are impacted by this burdensome limitation in Washington. And pass this message on to friends and supporters to help get the word out!
Senior Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project